2 cups warm water
4 packages dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
Mix these ingredients and let the yeast grow.
1 cup honey
2/3 cup melted margarine
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 vanilla beans (seeds scraped, skin discarded)
2 teaspoons salt
8 eggs, lightly beaten
12 cups bread flour
Mix ingredients together. Add yeast mixture. Knead for 10 -1 5 minutes. Put in warm dry place and let the dough rise for at least 45 minutes. Punch down the dough and braid. Let the dough rise again for 45 minutes.
Glaze with an egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 T water) and sprinkle with pearl sugar (coarse sugar)
Bake for 25-30 minutes on 375, convection or 30-35 minutes on 350.